[I:http://martialarts.surrey-sussex.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/AlCase0.jpg]Most people don’t know where Energy comes from comes from in Karate, Taekwondo, Kenpo, or the martial arts in general. That there is energy is plain to see, one just need observe a real martial artist move to know that he is doing something beyond the muscular system. The problem is that most sensei don’t take the time to explain the exact development of energy in the martial artist.
The beginner walks into the martial arts dojo, and the first thing he must do is start building his body. Any art, from Taekwondo to Aikido is going to require a body in good condition. Thus, there are calisthenics at the beginning of class, and the arts themselves make the body stronger.
This is the point, unfortunately, at which many people step off the path of the true art. They believe that muscles are the everything, and they start weightlifting, concentrating their training on the body, and they miss the real juice. The real juice is something called the Tan Tien, or the ‘One Point.’
Before I explain about the One Point, let me put forth something about all this. You need muscles, not going to argue that, but you don’t need huge muscles…you just need coordinated muscles. You need to make your muscles work together in any martial arts technique you do.
If the muscles work at the same time, you are able to use the weight and energy of the whole body. This is much more efficient than if you use the muscles of the body in pieces, which is what training with weights, or other methods, often result in. I call this method of using all the muscles of the body at the same time by the name of ‘Coordinated Body Motion,’ or CBM.
The One Point is located just below the belly button, and it is the body energy center. When one uses this body energy center they must breath from it. No, oxygen doesn’t go to the center, but the deep breathing sets up waves of energy which do, and which translate into the explosive power the tan tien is capable of manifesting.
Now, it is sometimes difficult to locate the tan tien, or learn how to use it in the beginning. A good trick is to place one foot waist high on a wall, then simply swap feet. Within a short time you will feel the necessity to breath deep, to settle the energy down, and use the One Point.
There are other methods of developing this chi power, but this is one of the simplest I know. Once you start feeling the energy center for the body explode, you will start using it for everything in the arts; strikes blocks, martial arts stances, all moves will start to come from the body center. Try this, and it will only be a short time before you are using that awesome chi power in Karate, Taekwondo, Kenpo, or any other Martial Art.